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Associate Vice Provost for Penn State Global (Academic Administrator)

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
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Jan 3, 2022

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Associate Vice Provost for Penn State Global (Academic Administrator)

Position of Associate Vice Provost for Penn State Global

Global engagement is a key priority at Penn State and is a foundation of the University's strategic plan: OUR COMMITMENT TO IMPACT--The Pennsylvania State University's Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2025.

Penn State's international engagement is multidimensional, broad-based, and spans the teaching, research, and service mission of the University. A globally ranked Land-grant university with research expenditures of $1B, Penn State sent 3,000 students abroad (pre-Covid) to over 50 different countries through a diverse portfolio of academically grounded education abroad opportunities, and warmly welcomes over 9,000 graduate and undergraduate international students from more than 140 countries. In recent years, we have hosted over 800 visiting international research scholars and a third of our research publications are with international co-authors at over 3,000 institutions outside the United States. Penn State also has significant strategic partnerships with several universities around the world that leverage our joint physical and intellectual capital. The Penn State Global 2020-2025 strategic plan is designed to ensure pervasive global learning and research across the University, and to continue Penn State's elevation as a global university with a worldwide identity for advancing knowledge, educating future leaders, and solving the world's greatest challenges.

To help in attaining those goals, Penn State is in search of an experienced faculty member or professional administrator with demonstrated academic administrative excellence to serve as Associate Vice-Provost (AVP) for Penn State Global. The AVP works directly with the Vice Provost (VP) to provide leadership and oversight of an array of Penn State Global activities. The AVP serves as deputy to the VP and will support the wide-ranging functions of the Office, with particular responsibility for developing and stewarding the University's strategic research and academic partnerships around the world. Reporting directly to the VP, the AVP is expected to supervise critical staff in Penn State Global while working with faculty, administrators, staff, and students across the University and with our international partners to promote and implement the University's global engagement strategy. The AVP may also engage in teaching as Penn State Global elevates curricular and co-curricular global learning.

The position is located at the University Park campus and serves all of Penn State's 16 academic colleges, 7 interdisciplinary research institutes, 24 campuses (including a graduate school, two law schools, and a medical school), the online World Campus, and our 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:
  • Demonstrated administrative excellence in a large organizational structure;
  • Ten+ years of experience developing global research and/or international education programs;
  • Proven administrative leadership enhancing research and academic global engagement;
  • Ph.D. or equivalent with a current or previous tenured faculty appointment at a University with a research folio.

The Search Committee will also consider the candidates':
  • Evidence of implementing international academic and/or research partnerships;
  • Experience in working successfully on program development with university faculty;
  • Experience effectively supervising and supporting an office of professional staff with clear philosophies of leadership and outcomes-oriented international collaboration;
  • Understanding of the current global higher education landscape and the changing demands of maintaining a global profile;
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, as well as intercultural competencies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access;
  • Evidence of planning and supporting international student success and education abroad;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and overseas periodically;
  • Proven global competence, through life experience, linguistic capacities, and/or living abroad.

Application review will begin on February 7, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled, with a target start date of summer (May to August) 2022.

Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to be a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to be a diverse working community. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusivity, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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